Meet the Team
The team has extensive experience working with young people with disabilities and numerous qualifications and certifications, which include: First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Epilepsy Awareness, Safeguarding children and young people with SEND, Autism Awareness and sports-specific training. We take pride in ensuring our staff and volunteers keep their skills and knowledge up to date through regular training and continuing professional development.
The staffing team includes members with disabilities, providing our particpants with positive and inspirational role models.
All our staff and volunteers pass a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check, and outside activity providers/coaches must provide evidence of a DBS. DBS Checks are an essential part of our safeguarding requirements, and certificates are renewed at various points to ensure they are up to date.
Founder/ Community Engagement Officer
I am excited to start this new adventure and seek to enable and empower disabled young girls and women in my local community. I’m passionate about giving them equal access to sports and creative leisure opportunities.
My employment history is diverse from Information Technology Apprentice, Personal Assistant to the Head of IT for one of the Big Four Accountancy firms, Director of an online craft business, and then another significant career change to Sports Participation Officer/Community Engagement Officer at a local disability charity. I have been fortunate that, in most cases, my hobbies have supported my career development.
In 2019 I graduated from Writtle University College with a first-class bachelor’s degree with Honours in Sports and Exercise Performance. I am a firm believer that you are never too old to learn!
In my spare time, you can find me immersed in a historical fiction book with my two enormous Maine Coon fur babies, Pudding and Tyga, hanging out by my side. I’m also an aspiring novelist and have had a book idea growing in my head that I must get down on paper.
I learn from the children and young adults I work with each week, and I feel privileged to see their developments and achievements. I look forward to connecting with local organisations and working together to do more to make our community more inclusive.
I'm 22, and I have cerebral palsy, which affects my speech, right arm, and balance. Growing up as a disabled girl was very hard at times, but I never let this stop me!
I'm always passionate about anything I do, and I cannot wait to help get This Girl's Ability up and running.
If I had a girls’ club to go to, I know this would have helped me make friends and given me more confidence. Sadly, I didn’t have many friends who are girls until now.
My achievements so far are my DofE and being a sports leader for Panathlon. I've won lots of awards for sports and helping in the community. I've done stage work, and I'm a trustee of a drama club which empowers disabled children to be themselves. I've also done fundraising for disabled and terminally ill children. I left college with four distinctions, but my heart will always be to help other young disabled people.
I love to volunteer with disabled children at sports in my free time. I also love to read, write poetry and comedy scripts, and I love to talk at any chance I get!
In life, you never know unless you try it, wish it, dream it, or believe it.
Financial Director/ Community Engagement Officer
I have three years of experience working with children and young adults with disabilities as a volunteer and sports sessional activity worker with a local disability charity.
In 2022 I graduated from the University of Greenwich with a first-class bachelor’s degree with Honours in Mathematics. I'm excited to use my new skills to seek funding, analyse data, and keep financial records for the organisation.
I recently gained my FA introduction to coaching certification, and I look forward to putting this into practice when we launch a This Girl’s Ability football team.
In my spare time, I love watching live sports, in particular: American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey and Tennis, and analysing sports data. One of my favourite sports to play is tennis, and I have played in the Romford and District league.
I'm an advocate for women’s sports and experienced first-hand the lack of opportunities to play at school and in my local area. I’m always thinking of ways to make sports sessions more inclusive and to ensure all young people experience the rewards of being part of a team.
I have been in disability sports for most of my life, with ten years in the sports industry as both a participant and a development officer. My background has been developing disability cricket in all formats ranging from wheelchair to visually impaired. I am passionate that cricket and disability sport is accessible to all.
I have encouraged and introduced young people to disability sports and shown them how taking part can help them in everyday life. I have nurtured this idea and seen the positive impact this has on the social-emotional and physical well-being of young people with a disability. I have worked from grassroots cricket developing new hubs and ensuring their growth and sustainability. Through this, I also helped facilitate funding bids with charitable organisations and worked with major companies and organisations to build the programme infrastructure.
In my spare time, I like to explore other exciting opportunities around the world. I also support my local sports teams and socialise with friends and family.
I advocate that everybody deserves an opportunity in life and be the best version of themselves, despite the challenges that life brings. I love doing what I do as I have seen the positive impact of a disability sports program through the eyes of both a participant and a development officer. I feel that the life-changing impact we created through disability sports can build a bigger, brighter and better future for young people with a disability.
I am a self-taught craftsperson and a knitter (only simple knitting ). I have made a variety of crafts, including lamp making, candle making, cards, knitted toys, hats, scarves, gloves, door wreaths, and so much more!
In the past few years, I have experience working within a school environment, supporting children aged five years to teenagers. I have also worked in a café, which was very community focused and helped to run evening events, which included: knitting clubs, cheese and wine tasting, and book clubs, to name just a few.
I love reading fiction and non-fiction books, cooking, exploring new crafts to learn and walking in my spare time.
In April this year, my husband and I climbed Mount Snowdon, and I can tell you it was more challenging than when we did it 32 years ago. BUT WE MADE IT TO THE SUMMIT!
In 2017 I took on the Sixteen Bridge Thames challenge, raising funds for a cancer charity, and was proud to come in 34th place out of 100 people within the group.
I love spending time with family, friends and my dogs, who are very important to me. I am a people person and love helping where I can. I can't wait to be part of some fun creative sessions with This Girl's Ability members.
I'm 17, and I have volunteered with a local charity supporting sports and creative sessions for children and young adults with disabilities for over three years.
I am in my final year of A-Levels and taking Art, Media Studies and English Literature. I enjoy exploring different materials: paper art, watercolours, digital art, and alcohol markers.
I love taking photographs in my free time and capturing emotions through facial expressions. My photos have appeared in the local newspaper for articles promoting sports and hobbies for a local charity.
I love to travel to different destinations and learn about different cultures and their art/fashion. My other hobbies include tennis, which I have played since I was seven years old, and I love water sports like swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding.
I created the Logo for This Girl's Ability, and I'm looking forward to using my creative skills at their sessions and supporting the business with their graphic design.
22-year-old Georgie Hart is the company's Director and Community Ambassador. She said: "Growing up as a disabled girl was hard at times, but I never let this stop me! I wish I'd had something like this. Not every girl likes the same things, so we offer sport, art, drama, trips and a pop culture club with fashion, film, and books."